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How does agroforestry help crop pollination?

Agroforestry practices can support native bees, honey bees, and other pollinators. Providing protection and habitat for pollinators can improve crop pollination.

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Current Brochure

Working Trees for Pollinators

Today, farms in the United States are larger and have less adjacent habitat to support bees. Yet, the need for pollinators in agricultural landscapes has never been greater. (6 pages)

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Featured Issue

Learn How You Can Use Agroforestry to Help Pollinators

The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter has hit the streets. This issue of Inside Agroforestry highlights ways that agroforestry has supported pollinator conservation and management as well as efforts that have also served to educate the public.


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Over one hundred crop species in North America require a visit from an insect pollinator to be most productive. Whether growing a hedgerow or windbreak, managing a riparian buffer, or farming near forests, agroforestry practices can increase the overall diversity of plants and physical structure in a landscape and, as a result, provide habitat for native pollinators. Agroforestry plantings have indirect benefits for crop pollination as well.

Related Publications

Agroforestry Notes

  • Agroforestry: Sustaining Native Bee Habitat For Crop Pollination, Agroforestry Note #32, General #6
  • Improving Forage For Native Bee Crop Pollinators, Agroforestry Note #33, General #7
  • Enhancing Nest Sites For Native Bee Crop Pollinators, Agroforestry Note #34, General #8
  • Using Agroforestry Practices to Reduce Pesticide Risks to Pollinators & Other Agriculturally Beneficial Insects, Agroforestry Note #35, General #9

Inside Agroforestry

  • Volume 23, Issue 2: Learn How You Can Use Agroforestry to Help Pollinators

Working Trees

  • How does agroforestry help crop pollination?
  • Working Trees for Pollinators
  • How can agroforestry help pollinators?
  • Can windbreaks help with organic farming?

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.


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